Michael Leggett, 58, had complained several times to his employers about the state of the stairs. They were slippery as a result of exposure to the sea, had no tread and the handrail had been removed after a colleague fell onto it.
Mr Leggett was descending the stairs when he fell and badly injured his back. He was forced to take six weeks off work and when he was able to return, his back was giving him so much pain that he felt he had no option but to retire.
Mr Leggett was awarded £6,000 in compensation.
Slips and trips are the most common causes of workplace injuries in the UK. Employers have a duty to provide a working environment that is, as far as is reasonably practicable, safe and does not present avoidable risks to health. This includes a duty to carry out risk assessments to identify potential dangers and to minimise the risk of any accidents these pose. If this procedure is not followed and a worker is injured, there may be a good claim in law for compensation.
If you have been injured at work through no fault of your own, contact us discuss your claim. Beware of delay as there are strict time limits for pursuing a claim.